How fab is this iteration of our Maximus suite?! Originally created for Martha Stewart Weddings and featured today on Style Me Pretty, Maximus has a heavy icon reference, so the suite is often personalized with icons that represent the couple. For instance, Moujan + Nathan customized theirs with a dog icon referencing the dog sculptures at the Viceroy Palm Springs. Brianna + Buzz went with a bee because the groom’s first name is, well, awesome! We love to see what our clients choose to do with the playful illustrations in this suite. And it’s always fun to see images from the wedding that reflect how the paper products set the stage for the big day. How awesome was the graphic-inspired styling of  Moujan + Nathan’s wedding?! Check out the full story and the more of Heather Kincaid‘s beautiful photos here. Congrats Moujan + Nathan!

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Here at MaeMae, we love to create options. As in, options, options and more options. When it comes to our MaeMae Wedding Colletion Characters, we’ve found that one of the best ways to do this is to play with color. Beau, one of our fave new characters is shown in the Collection in an elegant, muted palette of warm grays (see Beau’s inspiration Pinterest board here) but we wanted to showcase how customized he can look in a different color way. Enter Blush + Tomato Red. We were feeling super-inspired by Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest HotelSeriously, that Mendl’s packaging! We loved the unexpected color combo applied to a vintage inspired design. Beau took to this inspiration perfectly and we could not be more obsessed with the way it turned out. And so, it is without further adieu, that we present to you A Pink Beau:

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Continue to check back in to see all of the different color ways our brides will bring to the new MaeMae Collection Characters. We’re always delighted when a client puts a fresh spin on a character with unexpected  color combos like Marlowe in navy + rose gold  or how about in sky blue + red?! And we, literally, can not wait to see how the new characters look in custom color ways.

 

 

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We’ve been sitting on so many cool things we’ve been wanting to share, and today is the day! I’ve written this post in my head several times and today I walked over to work at 6AM through the snow to finally finish it and present our big reveal!

A little over a year ago things really started shaking up at MaeMae. The first change was moving my office out of the spare bedroom into the main living space of our condo as Team MaeMae grew from just me to a team of four.  In this living room we did some pretty cool things together: we worked with Jenna Bush Hager on a sweet baby announcement for Mila, saw a MaeMae print on a swim suit at Anthropologie, began a new adventure of photo styling (and hand modeling…), experimented with new wedding stationery styles (see more on that here), designed brands for really cool people and companies including The American Edit, and created the biggest and baddest wedding invitation for my girl Summer which was featured in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. It has been so incredible and humbling to see how much stronger my company has become with the help and dedication of my smart and hardworking team. Their presence also forced me to have a clean house and to actually get dressed everyday. Well some days I made exceptions.

During all of this experimentation, exploration, and creating, we thought, hey, four girls in one small condo living room isn’t enough. Let’s invite some friends over. We began collaborating with some fabulous creatives in town: we shot photos with Wing from Canary Grey, played with fruit and flowers alongside Jackie from Munster Rose, and made the epic MaeMae Movie (more on that next week!) with Maribeth from Hello Sunshine Films. It has been so cool to learn how to work alongside other artists in different mediums. I’ve learned so much about preparation, how to explore ideas further, and how other creatives process and see things.

With a packed house (and a patient husband who is also awesome at arranging furniture so we all fit, thanks, Jae!) we were outgrowing our workspace, company name, and website and it was time for some change!

I started MaeMae Paperie in February 2008 while I finished my senior year of college (you can listen to an interview where I share more about that here!). I had no idea what was ahead and no real plan of how to get anywhere, but I had a lot of passion for design and paper and a strong feeling that this company was what I was supposed to be doing. Through all of the peaks and valleys over the past six years, MaeMae has continued to be my calling. Currently that still includes paper, but extends into other visual and interactive outlets – mainly our branding projects which involve website design, strategy, photo styling, and more. As we continue to add to our services, grow as a team, and collaborate with other creatives and vendors, I wanted a company name that better encompassed what we do everyday and a site to showcase and explain how you can work with us. So that is what we have done! The name MaeMae & Co. represents more than just me, more than just paper.

Paper will always be a gigantic part of what we create and it is something I am even more passionate about now than when I started the company. Expect to see lots of new wedding and branding stationery from the new MaeMae & Co. Our company motto is also rooted in the foundation of the company: People before paper. While it can mean a multitude of things in different situations, at the heart it means that the people we work with are more important than the end product. The guests you’re inviting to the wedding are more important than the invitation. Providing great customer service is more important than edge painting your business card. So while the name and scope has expanded, the heart to put people first will always remain.

While the name change and website redesign was being developed, we simply could not continue to work in my house anymore and we made the big move (two blocks down the street to be exact…) to a beautiful loft in downtown Minneapolis where we have room to continue shooting the MaeMae Movie, organize our inventory, hang inspiration, play with more fruit, style more photos and make more messes, send Martha a custom wedding suite, teach styling seminars, and have room to breathe.

So many great new things mean there are so many talented and caring people to thank for making it possible. Thank you, Jason, for helping me carry the weight of owning a small business and for showing me what it means to have grace and perseverance to make dreams come true (cue me tearing up at my desk). Thank you, Mama and Daddy, for helping in every possible way you can think of from afar and for the encouragement you provide through emails, cards, gifts, calls, and visits. Thank you brother, Colson, for thinking I’m so much cooler and bigger than I ever will be and for flooding your Facebook with posts about MaeMae. Thank you brother, Spencer, for inspiring me through your hard work and incredible determination. Thank you, my Gonzalez family, for loving me even through my incessant working while on vacation together (but I am getting better at not doing that!). Thank you to so many of my sweet friends who constantly check in on how MaeMae is doing, send inspiration, and extend grace and understanding when I get my work/life priorities messed up. Thank you to my first clients who believed in me and MaeMae. Thank you to all of our clients, because with out you this doesn’t exist at all. Thank you, Team MaeMae, for bringing so much peace to my life, for giving the greatest care to all our clients, and for filling this studio with your creativity, hard work, and wonderful ideas. Thank you, Katie, for your patience and vision as we transformed and shaped MaeMae from the messy ground up. Thank you, Anna, for making things happen so seamlessly and for always being so willing to help out above and beyond your job description. Thank you, Lori, for your dedication to making beautiful things and for putting in the research and extra time to make that happen. Thank you, Ashley, for your amazing work behind the scenes and for being a catalyst for all of this change and great new work.

And so, with much gratitude, I present the new MaeMae & Co. Thanks to those of you that have followed us since the start, and hello to all of you we are just meeting!

xx, Megan

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So…we’ve been busy around here – can you tell? Things look a bit different, we have a new name (more on that next week!) AND we’re introducing a slew of new wedding collection characters. They’ve been in the works for over a year now and we’re thrilled to finally offer them for purchase.

Our goal for these new characters was to seamlessly blend whimsy with refinement, while still maintaining the MaeMae essentials of punchy patterns, rich textures and playful illustrations. We love that these suites are all achievable at a collection price point, but still feel hyper customized with their strong attention to detail. We can’t wait to see how couples put their own spin on each character and make them their own through personalized text and vibrant colors (can you imagine Willie with a kelly green border? We can).

Check out our first six characters in full detail via the wedding tab above, and stay tuned throughout the new year as we unveil even more characters, along with new color ways for each suite.

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This board is inspiration for an exciting partnership with a truly fantastic organization in town that works everyday to save lives through bone marrow transplants. We are creating a custom greeting card line for Valentines Day and a portion of all the proceeds will benefit their cause. Can’t wait to share more with you soon!

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PS. Here’s a little peek at our studio this fall.

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Our client, friend and wedding guru, Lady Grey, is bringing a beautiful collection of velvet ring boxes to a vanity near you. We’re so excited to have been a part of the project. Here’s a sneak peak at the branding and product photographed by the fabulous Jose Villa. We’re obsessed with the number of color choices! For more info, and launch details check out this post on Grey Likes Weddings.

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We’re in a back to school mood over here at the MaeMae studio. Crisp looseleaf, pink pearl erasers, the smell of a new 164-box of Crayolas… we love all that good stuff. As adults, we’ve also come to crave a uniform of sorts, a wardrobe of staples to mix and match and always feel awesome in. The number one staple that comes to mind is a perfectly tailored blazer. And we definitely know where to get one—at Two Penny Blue, the epitome of feel-good sophistication. Marie Whitney, founder of Two Penny Blue, came to us in 2012 for new branding for her apparel company know for it’s line of luxury jackets and blazers. The blazers are made in the U.S. and for each blazer sold, a school uniform is donated to a girl in need in Africa. So pretty much, Two Penny Blue is an all-around amazing company and we were thrilled to produce their branding.

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Imagine this ethereal mood board translating (quite literally) into a website. Awesome, right? Well it’s real life and it’s happening soon! Cosmo Muse, the brain-child of our fabulous client Allie, is an inspired lifestyle blog where you can find your daily horoscope amongst other posts inspired by the stars. We can’t wait for the site to launch and we’ll let you know as soon as it does.

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We’re so excited to share the newly launched June & Jae website. Working with photographer, Quyen, on her new branding was an absolute joy and the result is something we are very proud of here at MaeMae. Stay tuned for a more detailed post showing the full depth of the redesign, but for now head over to juneandjae.com to check out Quyen’s beautiful photography. 

P.S. Calling all Colorado ladies—June & Jae will be in your area with photo session availability at the end of August. Lucky you!

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Our friends over at Minnesota Bride recently featured a hyper-custom suite we designed for a couple marrying at the famed Smog Shoppe venue in LA. Industrial, clever and totally fun—this custom suite was as exciting to design as it was for guests to find in their mailbox. At the couple’s request, we took a cue from their super cool venue, combining layers upon layers of texture (think custom kraft wrapping paper, charcoal letterpress, a three-dimensional box holding an etched metal invitation, die-cut stickers, stamp overlays) with a clean, muted palette and pops of playful, bright red. Chris and Amber are such a fun couple and we made sure their personalities shined through the playful wording and text. The overall result—a wedding suite that’s slightly outside the box (ba-dum-bum!) and totally in-line with the couple’s awesome celebration.

We’re excited to be working with a new branding client and lovely wedding photographer. Her direction is fresh and cool and weighted in old-world elegance. It’s soothing and invigorating at the same time.

Isn’t that floral wallpaper amazing!? We are really excited about some floral and French Chinoiserie designs we are working on for the new wedding collection.

– Team MaeMae

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Working with photographer, Christin Olive was such a treat. She is one of the kindest and most genuine clients I have ever partnered with, and on top of that an amazing artist. Christin shoots in film and was looking for branding that would couple well with her soft and dreamy style. Being that she has such an awesome married name (and yes, we got to do her wedding invitations!!) using olive imagery only seemed natural. One of my favorite aspects of her finished branding system is the mix and matching of the key elements (pattern, script and color) on the different collateral pieces. Her custom patterned wrapping paper for her packaging system in three color ways makes me want to have our own wrapping paper for packages!!! So fun!

Her site will be launching soon, but in the meantime check out her beautiful work on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks so much for working with me, Christin!!

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This week at MaeMae, we:

Agreed that PINK is really great, all the time, on everything
Were super impressed by this DIY FEATURE in Lonny Mag by Jenny Komenda (and celebrated the fact that Lonny is back)
Discussed the merits of VINTAGE EPHEMERA for design inspiration
Listened to the new POLICA album on repeat
Celebrated being named BEST STATIONERY by Minnesota Monthly in its November, Best of the Hidden Twin Cities feature!
What were the highlights of your week?

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Collaborating with Brianna, Buzz, and the fab BEAU AND ARROW ladies was such a treat. We started with the MAXIMUS SUITE we created for Martha Stewart Weddings and then added in some personalized details. The theme for B&B’s wedding was Wes Anderson in the Desert Wearing Missoni. I mean. Enough said. (check instagram for Beau and Arrow’s hashtags on that…) For the save the date we created a BACK TO SCHOOL VIBE and then carried some of those illustrations into their suite. (see a full photo of the save the date in THIS POST) All of the guest envelopes were addressed with a typewriter to keep it authentic throw back.

We also made these AMAZING HOTEL KEYS FOR ESCORT CARDS in a variety of colors (see more COLORS HERE). All of the SIGNAGE was displayed at the wedding in these amazing layered frames over marbled paper. All of the guests were treated in their hotel rooms to these custom wrapped Mast Bro chocolate bars. It was very difficult to make it through the WRAPPING PROCESS without digging into them… To stay cool at the Palm Springs celebration the programs were made into handy little fans.

Thank you, Buzz and Brianna, for being the coolest clients. Wishing you both lots of love!!

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As I am sure you have noted throughout the six year history of MaeMae we have founded our design style on the nontraditional. This past year I have been so intrigued by how to make classic and traditional wedding stationery with the “MaeMae Flair” and found working with Fran (mother of the bride) and Bridget (bride) such a refreshing entry into this world.

Bridget is from Rochester, MN and is marrying Andrew in beautiful Park City, Utah. My favorite element from this suite is the folded map. I love showing the guests all of the unique things that will be surrounding them as they visit a new place. My husband is from Salt Lake and so I’ve also enjoyed the gorgeous surrounds of Park City and can’t wait to see Bridget and Andrew’s photos!!

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Just a few months back, the MaeMae team moved out of Megan’s downtown Minneapolis apartment into a new studio just a few blocks away. Since then we’ve had fun sharing the decorating progress (as you can see here, here and here), and are now thrilled to be able to show off the new space in it’s entirety thanks to the recent issue of Mpls St Paul Magazine! Check out the article for more photos (AND for bonus shots of Megan’s apartment – seriously so good).

Thanks Mpls St Paul Magazine (and Wing Ta for the photos)!

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Lori and I just finished up some new designs for one of our fav clients who is a witty writer and tasteful curator. We recently starting implementing a new delivery method for proofs. We wanted to make sure we were there (whether physical here in the studio or via Skype/phone) to walk our client through the designs to give explanations about decisions made and field any initial questions. This helps us get to the good and relevant edits so much faster and builds such a stronger relationship between us and our clients. Looking forward to our first meeting tomorrow to show off these new ideas!

See the last Mood + Method board here and keep up with us on the ‘gram here!

xx, Mae